Astrophysics BSc (Honours) 2022 entry
The BSc in Astrophysics allows you to embark on a guided exploration of the science of the Universe, from our solar system to black holes and from extrasolar planets to galaxy clusters. You will develop core physics, mathematics, and computational skills to allow you to model these systems and to analyse complicated data sets. Students will be able to use some of the telescopes at the University Observatory, which contains the largest operational optical telescope in the UK.
The degree is approximately half core physics and maths, and approximately half astrophysics. It gives you competencies that are useful in a wide range of careers in physics-based industry, in further study and research in astrophysics, in analysing 'big data', and more generally in areas such as finance and management.
Students interested in this course may also be interested in the Astrophysics Integrated Masters course, the BSc in Physics, the Integrated Masters in Physics or the Physics and Astronomy Gateway programme.
All St Andrews Physics and Astronomy degree programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics for the UK and Ireland.
The School of Physics and Astronomy has an excellent reputation for the high quality of its teaching and research.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2021. More than 93% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
In the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework (REF), the School (in a joint submission with the University of Edinburgh) was ranked third in the UK for research quality.
Physics and Astronomy at St Andrews
“Physics is a collaborative subject and full of students who are enthusiastic and hard working. The flexible course structure means you have the option to choose subjects outside of your selected degree. St Andrews offers a unique experience and there is always something to do - with a wide range of societies and sports clubs that you can join.”
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